The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a gold star in lieu of the fifth DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS to
LIEUTENANT COLONEL CHARLES R. DUNBAUGH
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
for service as set forth in the following
"For heroism and extraordinary achievement in aerial flight while serving as Commanding Officer of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364, Marine Aircraft Group Sixteen, First Marine Aircraft Wing in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 29 January 1970, Lieutenant Colonel Dunbaugh launched as Section Leader of a flight of CH-46 transport helicopters assigned the mission of helilifting a Marine squad into an enemy-controlled section of Quang Nam Province. Arriving over the designated location, he commenced a high-speed approach to the selected landing site and, just prior to landing, came under a heavy volume of hostile fire, several rounds of which penetrated the aircraft and damaged the utility hydraulic system to the extent that the ramp was rendered inoperable. During the considerable length of time required by the Marines to climb over the ramp and exit the helicopter, Lieutenant Colonel Dunbaugh resolutely disregarded the fusillade directed at his helicopter and, displaying exceptional composure, re- layed the location of the hostile gunners to Cobra aircraft overhead. When the Marines had successfully disembarked to engage the enemy, he coordinated with other aircraft in the area and executed a full power lift off. His heroic and deter- mined actions inspired all who observed him and were instrumental in the com- pletion of the vital mission. Lieutenant Colonel Dunbaugh's courage, superior aeronautical ability, and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of grave personal danger were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service."
FOR THE PRESIDENT
/S/ H. W. Buse, Jr.
H. W. BUSE, JR.
Crew of YK-7
|LtCol. Charles R. Dunbaugh||Pilot|
|Col. Haywood Smith||Copilot|
|Cpl. Kenneth R. Horton||Crew Chief|
|Cpl. Josef Dobosz||Gunner|
After Action Report
Citation provided by:
Mary Dunbaugh (Mrs. Charles R. Dunbaugh)
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